Poll Recap: Club Foot Clues

In last week's online poll, TheHorse.com asked if you can easily identify a club foot on a horse. More than 600 of you responded, and we’ve tallied the results.

The majority of respondents (42%, or 238), said they could spot a club foot if they were looking for an abnormality. Additionally, of those who responded, 38% (238) said they felt “very competent” and spotting a club foot any time they look at a horse; 11% (71) said they could recognize a clubbed foot if it is pointed out to them; and 9% (58) said they didn’t know what a club foot looks like.

Some readers also shared comments about their experiences with club feet:

  • "I always look at legs and feet even just passing by horses in a field."
  • "Somewhere between 'very' and 'if I'm looking.' Some of them are pretty subtle."
  • "Best event horse I've ever had has an extremely club right front, but he's never noticed it."
  • "That is because people call many things a 'club foot' when in fact it is not a club foot.
  • "I was just informed by my vet that my mare has a club foot! I had no idea!"
  • "A club foot stands out like a sore thumb!"
  • "I'm a professional farrier, I'd better be competent."

The results of our weekly polls are published in The Horse Health E-Newsletter, which offers news on diseases, veterinary research, health events, and in-depth articles on common equine health conditions and what you can do to recognize, avoid, or treat them. Sign up for our e-newsletters on our homepage and look for a new poll on TheHorse.com every week!

About the Author

Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.com Digital Managing Editor

Michelle Anderson serves as The Horse's digital managing editor. In her role, she produces content for our web site and hosts our live events, including Ask the Vet Live. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She's a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!) and holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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